James Suckling @ Tokyo

Somehow we find ourselves amongst a group of Korean businessmen, all successful, all well versed in drinking wine. After a dinner at a local wine restaurant, the owner group shifts gears and takes us to a new spot, his favourite local hangout.

A night in Tokyo with wine critic James Suckling, a rock star type following in Tokyo, he knows his stuff, a world-class taster, he travels the globe many times over, he is dedicated to his wine passion and it shows. I really enjoy tasting with James, he has a great palate and is a bible of knowledge.

We are off to Aoyama’s backdoor, a wine bar that is owned and operated by a wine and art lover. A super chic place, a hidden doorway, a minimalist feel, and a Patrick Blanc vertical wall shines on to make a rich feel and mood.

I am a guest, we are six people, all different walks of life. The night is getting late and like all good wine hosts, they insist to share some more wines.

After the Luce 100 Points: http://www.jamessuckling.com/top-vineyards-of-montalcino-tenuta-luce-della-vite-madoninno.html we moved on to taste some other wines. The evening was a good glass of some fine and interesting organic Italian wines and some curious Spanish wines as well – here are a few we tasted.

Barbagalli 2010: The Nerello Mascalese made in Sicily a wine that comes from Northern slopes of Mount Etna – 900 meters. A bold wine, topped with a gracious helping of fresh ripe fruit.

(91 Points)

San Pollino 2007 Helichrysum: a family run small farm of San Polino uses biodynamic-organic farming to produce a premium Brunello di Montalcino. The 2007 still very fresh, good concentration of fruit and long on the palate.

(93+ Points)

Qubél 2005: Regarded by many as Madrid province’s most distinguished viticulturists, Gosálbez-Orti, have been using organic methods since 1992 when they planted the first vines. Run by husband and wife team the bodega’s dark red intensely flavoured  fruits have a punch that is unique to Qubél.

(91+ Points)

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